Bush Urged to Toe the Conservative Line in Domestic Agenda

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The head of a pro-family public policy group said he has no doubt that President George W. Bush is an authentic Christian and a man of "deep abiding faith," but even so, Ken Connor said he doesn't think Bush always squares his policies with "a Christian world view."

Connor, president of the Family Research Council, said one notable example is Bush's position on "the sanctity of marriage."

"The homosexual community has made profound strides under the Bush administration," Connor said in a speech on Wednesday at the Leadership Institute.

"The Washington Blade (a homosexual newspaper) hailed his decision to sign the D.C. appropriations bill as a huge victory for their movement -- not withstanding that this president said during the campaign that he felt marriage was a sacred union that ought to be reserved to a man and a woman," said Connor.

The D.C. appropriations bill contained an amendment allowing federal funds to be used in implementing a D.C. law, which offers benefits to "domestic partners."

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz), an openly homosexual Republican, supported the bill. "The fact is that our traditional families have changed in American society. We should be uniting our country," Kolbe said at the time. But conservatives such as Connor don't share that view.

Connor was also disappointed by Bush's position on stem cell research.

"I recognize that reasonable people and people of faith will disagree on a variety of sanctity-of-life issues, but I thought the president's decision on stem cell research was a profound mistake and that he undercut himself in his [argument] against cloning.

"I think that the sanctity of life emerges out of the Judeo-Christian heritage and our belief that human beings are made in an image of God," said Connor.

Last August, President Bush said he would support federally funded research on existing stem cell lines. "Embryonic stem cell research offers both great promise and great peril. So I've decided we must proceed with great care," Bush said at the time.

Bush said "the life and death decisions" had already been made on stem cell lines produced by private research, but the argument didn't sit well with some conservatives, who considered his decision an unacceptable trade-off.

In his speech on Wednesday, Connor said he wants President Bush to toe the conservative line in his domestic policies, especially in light of his strong support for the war on terrorism.

"If President Bush has become the standard bearer for the Christian community and if his policies, domestically, continue down the same path, then I think we are perhaps at a greater risk than we ever were under the Clinton administration because there we deemed ourselves to have a common foe," said Connor.

"It is imperative that the president show the same guts, grits and determination on the domestic agenda as he has shown in this war on terror," Connor concluded.

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